Cert Clean Beauty Awards

September 8, 2017

This year I got the exciting e-mail to be a part of the Cert Clean Beauty Awards Judging panel. I have always admired what Cert Clean does, so I of course said yes!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Cert Clean it is a company that helps shoppers recognize products that won’t cause harm to human health. In Canada this is very hard to do. I found the information below on their website very helpful.


“There’s a growing awareness that large companies use questionable ingredients, such as talc and parabens. So shoppers turn to brands that use marketing buzzwords like “natural” and “organic.” And they rightfully assume they’re protecting themselves from harm! But in Canada, if just one chemical in a cosmetic is natural or organic, the product is legally allowed to be marketed as entirely natural or organic.”


From personal experience, I can tell you that this makes is very tough to find truly clean products. It has taken a lot of research to get more familiar with the natural and clean beauty world.

To give you a better idea of Cert Clean here is one more blurb off their website that explains further of what they do.


“With clean beauty products proudly bearing the CertClean logo, it is now possible for shoppers to confidently and easily discover safer beauty and personal care products. At the same time, the clean beauty products now get the authentication and distinction they deserve.

CertClean vets beauty and personal care products formulated without the use of potentially harmful ingredients, such as carcinogens, chemicals that may potentially affect our hormonal system, reproductive system, neurological system, etc.

CertClean is not a certification for products with a certain quantity of natural or organic ingredients but a certification for products free from ingredients that may pose risk to our hormonal, reproductive and or neurological systems, like talcum powder, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, and hundreds more (See Standards). CertClean is a certification which prioritizes human health over the use of organic and natural ingredients.”


I have bolded the words, “free from,” because I think that is the best part about Cert Clean. To know they only certify products that are completely free from ingredients that can harm you is important. Lots of products can focus on some of the beneficial and natural ingredients they use which can distract you from some harmful ingredients they may be using as well. I have gotten use to reading labels when I buy products, but it takes time to go through everything to make sure all your ingredients are clean.  By having the Cert Clean certification label (see below) on a product you can confidently skip this step when buying your beauty products.




This company has taken it one step further in helping make your beauty product shopping easier. I am so glad I got to be a part of the Cert Clean Beauty Awards. The concept is very simple. They ask real, natural and clean beauty enthusiasts to try their top picks of each beauty product. I was sent six different brands of hair wash products to use.  After I tried each of them I had to mark them according to how they worked for me. If you take a look at the Clean Beauty Award page you will see there are lots of judges so it’s not biased at all.  I can’t tell you what ended up being my personal favourite, or who the winner is yet, but I do want to share the products that were finalists in case you were looking for a new clean shampoo! Below you will find the 6 finalists I got to try out and a little bit about them, directly from their website or packaging.


Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo


Conditioning soothing shampoo for natural vitality & shine.


  • 100% natural, 70% organic

  • Free from wheat, dairy, soy, common allergen nut oils

  • pH 5.5 - balanced to that of the skin.

  • Suitable for Vegans

  • Recyclable packaging: 20ml size presented in a tube. The 200ml and 500ml Gentle Herb Shampoo are packaged in a 100% recycled UK-made bottle. Please note that the 200ml is pictured and the 500ml comes with a standard top and not a pump dispenser. 


Aqua, Coco glucoside, Cocos nucifera oil*, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Chamomilla recutita flower extract*, Equisetum arvense extract*, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Urtica dioica extract*, Glycerine**, Lecithin*, Alcohol*, Levulinic acid, Lactic acid, P-anisic acid, Sodium levulinate, Xanthan gum.

Plain English: Aloe vera juice*, Gentle cleansers from coconut & corn glucose, Coconut oil*, Chamomile*, Nettle*, Horsetail* & Rosemary* herbs, Sunflower (non-GM) lecithin*, Sugar cane alcohol*, Plant origin stabilisers.

*Organically grown & produced, **Organic origin (70%)



 Chorus Supernatural Volumize Shampoo


Ideal for thinner, finer hair, or just to add some fullness. Our volumizing shampoo is sulfate free, color-safe and blended with nourishing extracts of hops, rosemary, nettle and gotu kola. Hempseed oil provides, moisture and volume, while helping repair the damage done by the environment, flat-irons and styling tools.



Aqua, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cetyl Betaine, Lauramine Oxide, Glycerin, Heilmoor Clay, Macrocystis Integrifolia (Giant Kelp) Extract, Sorbitan Caprylate, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Citric Acid, Natamycin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Root Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract




Mabrooks & Co Clean Dry Shampoo


Our Clean Dry Shampoo is a finely milled powder formulated to extend the time between washes.  Pure silk amino acids and bamboo leaf extract work alongside natural clays, powders, and organic essential oils to nourish, strengthen and refresh your hair.


Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root Powder, Zen Mays (Corn) Startch**, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Bentonite (Bentonite Clay), Hydrolyzed Silk, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil* {*=organic, **=GMO free}




 My Mane Care Moisturizing Shampoo


Created the way it should always be, Plant based, vegan and cruelty free. Our shampoo is good for you and your hair– plain and simple. Designed for all hair types our natural moisturizing formula gently cleanses all while strengthening hair fibers, increasing manageability and shine. The Results ? An irresistibly soft ,lustrous and hydrated mane every time. 



Aqua, Sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate (and) Lauryl glucoside,  Cocamidopropyl betaine, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Coco-glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Glycerin,  Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Litsea cubeba fruit oil,  Aniba rosaeodora (Rosewood) wood oil, Levulinic acid, Sodium gluconate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid.




 Moor Spa Botanical Shampoo


 A gentle sulfate-free cleanser that combines Moor water with a blend of herbal extracts for shiny, smooth hair.



Aqua, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cetyl Betaine, Glycerin, Heilmoor Clay, Sorbitan Caprylate, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Citric Acid, Natamycin, CitrusGrandis Seed Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Humulus Lupulus Extract, Centella Asiatica Root Extract, Urtica Dioica Extract.




Note: I had one shampoo show up in the mail after the wonderful Allyfotografy took these images. I apologize I don't have a picture of the Mukti Botanique Shampoo but it comes in a nice, sleek black bottle with a pump.


Another quick note: Allyfotografy and I recently have combined our talents to bring beauty companies online content like video tutorials, social media images, blog posts and more. Be sure to message us if your brand is in the need of some of these things!


Mukti Botanique Shampoo


Restore shine, body & bounce. Infused with organic herbal extracts, this gentle, hydrating shampoo is free of harsh detergents. Removes residue and buildup without drying, stripping or irritating. Safe and formulated for colour and chemically treated hair.



Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Sodium Olefin Sulfonate, Cocobetaine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Soy Protein (Non GMO), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glycerin (Vegetarian), Aqueous Extracts of Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack)*, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula)*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile)*, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf*, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail)*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle)*, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover)*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage)*, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow)*, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Chloride (Salt), Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon), Ocimum Basillicum (Basil), Mentha Arvensis (Wild Mint), Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood), Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage), Pinus Sylvestris (Pine), Eucalyptus Citriodora (Lemon Eucalyptus).
*Certified organic ingredient. Certified by the Organic Food Chain (OFC).
Accredited organic processor #0484. Made with organic ingredients.
Naturally occurring constituents in essential oils: citral, citronellol, farnesol, geraniol, isoeugenol, limonene, linalool.





I hope this blog post helps you compare ingredients and find something suitable for your hair type. This journey trying all these hair wash products has been awesome and I hope to try more of these brands other products soon!

I will be helping Cert Clean announce the hair wash winners of 2017 on September 20th. Be sure to be watching my Facebook and Instagram as I will most likely be going live to make the announcement!


Best of luck to all the finalists!

Happy Friday!

Gem xx




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